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Herpes Zoster (Shingles)

What Is Shingles? Shingles is a very painful disease caused by the same herpes virus that causes chicken pox (varicella zoster virus). Like other herpes viruses, the varicella-zoster virus has an initial infectious stage, (chicken pox) followed by a dormant stage. Then, with no warning, the virus becomes active again. About 20% of people who have had chicken pox will eventually develop shingles. This reactivation of the virus is most likely to...
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How can you tell when Shingles are spreading to the internal organs?

I have numerous articles about herpes zoster which mention that in people whose immune systems are extremely weakened, the shingles virus can spread to the internal organs and affect the lungs, central nervous system and the brain, sometimes causing...
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
Shingles is caused by varicella zoster virus, a virus in the herpes family. The initial exposure to the virus is usually as a result of cickenpox in childhood. The virus then survives in nerve cells for the rest of your life. At various times... Read more »

Shingles after protected sex with sex worker

Hi,I had sex with another male, it was protected throughout and the condom did not break. 2 - 3 Weeks later, I feel swollen nodes at the back of my neck, no other symptons, about a week later at week 3 I developed a little rash on the chest and back...
Lisa Hightow-Weidman, M.D., M.P.H.

Response from Lisa Hightow-Weidman, M.D., M.P.H.

University of North Carolina
Hello thereNo, having shingles does not mean that you are HIV+. While shingles can occur in those with weak immune systems it can also occur in those who are otherwise healthy. Stress itself can contribute. Given that you used protection your risk... Read more »

shingles

can I return to work a week after rash appears...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
See below from US Center for Disease Control Website:Shingles cannot be passed from one person to another. However, the virus that causes shingles, the varicella zoster virus, can be spread from a person with active shingles to another person who... Read more »

Anemia, Fatigue & Shingles

First, thanks for the great services you guys offer on this website.I have been hiv +-tive for not less then 10 years...This is beacuse I have been in a monogamous relationship with my hubby since 1992 and he tested negative. My lab results (October...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,1. Could you be a long-term non-progressor? Perhaps. The only way to know is to follow your lab tests for a "long term." Right now, your counts look quite good! Let's hope they stay that way!2. Anemia in the setting of HIV disease... Read more »
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Shingles

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Hello,

About 6 months ago I had protected vaginal sex with a married man.....but unprotected oral (stupid!) sex. The man said he was tested for HIV as part of his invitro fertilization procedure for his wife. (Obviously I knew nothing of this at... Read more »

Can I get Shingles from another Poz guy if I had ?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Can I get shingles from another poz person even if I already had them myself in the past??? Read more »

My sister is HIV+ and has shingles

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
I was just wondering if anyone had experience with HIV and shingles. She's been fighting the shingles now for about 5 months and they'll just start to go away and then come back again. She was very thin for a while, but looked really good and had... Read more »

shingles?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
i had a sexual encounter yesterday with a guy who appeared to have shingles. when i asked him he said it was eczema, which i did not argue, but while changing him in sexual positions i did noticed that the shingles were in his ankles, and other body... Read more »